The authorities placed under suspension three police personnel finding them guilty of procedural lapses while handling the case of Cipriano Fernandes who died while in police custody.
The three placed under suspension are Panjim Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar, who was present at the police station during the sordid saga, Police Sub-Inspector Radesh Ramnathkar who was on duty on the fateful day and Head Constable Sandip Shirvaikar who was the investigating officer.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Bossuet da Silva who conducted the enquiry to find out whether there were procedural lapses on the part of the police, in his interim report had held that the police personnel did not follow the procedure laid down while arresting a person.
Following a judgement by the Supreme Court in D K Basu versus the State of West Bengal case, police are supposed to inform the arrested the person the reason for his arrest, they are also supposed to inform a relative of the arrested person of the arrest, the arrested person has to be produced before a magistrate within 24 hours of the arrest and the arrested person should be taken for a medical examination if requested for and subsequently medically examined after every 48 hours during the detention period and the medical examination report has to be signed by the investigating officer and the arrested person.
As the inquiry found that these procedures were not followed, the three personnel have been placed under suspension and further action will be taken after a departmental enquiry.
The police enquiry was merely to establish whether the proper procedures were followed. Whether the police personnel were responsible for the death will be established by the judicial enquiry being conducted by Sub Divisional Magistrate Sabaji Shetye.
DEATH CONDOLED, POLICE CONDEMNED: Meanwhile the Goa Su-Raj Party whilst condoling the police custodial death of Cipriano Fernandes of Moira, sympathized with his family and friends.
Pointing out that he had seen Cipriano growing up in Moira, Floriano Lobo, General Secretary of the Party said: “Though Cipriano may have had his faults, to have been done to death in police custody is indeed shocking.”
Floriano Lobo further re-iterates that Cipriano had no history whatsoever of epilepsy or any illness and was indeed fit as a fiddle, being a sea-faring person. If at all he had suffered epilepsy type fits needing to be hospitalized, these fits have certainly resulted from the severe physical abuse and injuries received while in police custody, he argued.